A peak next to the ocean near Ventura that has several aerospace functions. Facilities track and monitor launches of missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Point Mugu, and other sites. Laguna Peak's Naval Satellite Operations Station is part of a network of satellite control facilities, headquartered at Point Mugu, CA, that includes stations at Prospect Harbor, ME; Rosemount, MN; and the Lincoln Laboratory in Massachusetts.
Mount Laguna Air Force Station is located atop Mount Laguna, with a steep drop into the Anza Borrego desert. It was a DEW (defense early warning) site, watching for incoming missiles, and housed about 170 people until it was downsized in 1981. Now it is a multi-use satellite and radar communications site, operated primarily by the FAA, out of Los Angeles Center. Currently, about 6 people stationed there. A demolition crew from the Marine Corps has been practicing on some of the buildings.
By kjfitz @ 2005-07-29 11:37:28